She has tempted us before with her skills.

Butter, sugar, flour, salt – what a master baker!

But it was already almost the end of the day;

not a single, fragrant gingerbread Brad 

was to be seen, smelt or tasted.

Will there be chocolate 

laced with orange peel?

Or liquored-up with peppermint rum,

as we curious minds want to lick

& get our midday buzz on…

Homemade fudge? Butterscotch bark?

A nutty delight? Cinnamon Snickerdoodles?

Anticipation’s making me 

(crazy) late & ravenous

Will she be here tomorrow,

the demigoddess of holiday treats?

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